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  • tayray
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    On another forum I made a comment that I was looking forward to seeing Victor Garber at the Oscars.  Someone quickly corrected me and told me that he would not be there, and he wasn’t.  He was at the Vanity Fair party, but not the Oscars. 
       
    So my question is, who gets invited to the Oscars? 

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    Scottferguson
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    Briefly:

    All nominees get two tickets, free
    Depending on the clout of their distributors, they sometimes get additional ones (paid for)
    Each studio gets a certain number
    Advertisers get some
    A small number of media units (magazines, newspapers) get some
    The Academy invites a small number of guests and dignitaries and friends 

    Most of the rest then are made available for members by lottery. They cost hundreds of dollars, more for the main level, less for the balcony.         

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    tayray
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    Thanks Scott.  So as it applies to my comment about Victor Garber (who was in Argo), what would it have taken for him to have attended the Oscars?

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    Scottferguson
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    I have no idea if he is a member. If he is, he could have participated in the lottery. Argo likely had its hands full with ticket requests so it might have been tougher for him to be included.

    The reality is that for most of the Academy members, after going once or when nominated (those few who ever are), going to the show is something they have little interest in doing. It’s not a big deal. I have friends who are members, have gone so far as to offer to buy the tickets for them, and the usual reaction is they’ve been there, done it, not interested any more. One woman who is a close friend told me buying tickets isn’t enough – she’d need a new dress and other expenses as well, and just doesn’t want to bother for something she says is much more enjoyable watching on TV, either at home or at a party.  

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    tayray
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    Thanks again, Scott.  That question has been bothering me for months.  So he could have been there, but the odds were against it. 

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    Scottferguson
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    The Vanity Fair party, like most Oscar parties, starts when the ceremony begins. They all have many celebrity attendees who watch the show there,

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    vinny
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    Very interesting.

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    Scottferguson
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    To add, tickets are not available to the general public. Those who get tickets (as nominees or paid for) can bring guests, but their names are submitted in advance for security reasons, so if there is someone the Academy doesn’t want there, they can prevent it. The person who is given/sold the ticket initially cannot sell them to others (unless they go themselves and their guest is someone they’ve sold it to and they get away with it).

    Most industry people avoid this like the plague unless they have spouses/family members/friends who push them to go. 

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    seabel
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    This is interesting!

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    Scottferguson
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    There was a case a few years ago where a radio station managed to get a couple tickets, and held a contest to win them.

    They were legitimate tickets, obtained from a member who bought them. But the Academy refused to honor them, which of couse was a major embarrassment to the station (as I recall, they ended the contest before awarding them). 

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